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EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it wouldn’t find a wider audience until “Metal Merchants” was included on its Metal Massacre IV compilation, Georgia’s Hallows Eve had culled a strong following in the underground shortly after its 1983 formation. “Plunging to Megadeth” opens sounding less like the tune’s namesake and more like early Metallica’s penchant for importing fragments of punk in the rhythm section. But the band also had a knack for melody, especially in “The Mansion,” where a love for Iron Maiden’s “Prowler” can be heard poking out of the song’s framework. The album’s title track best displays the band’s versatility with an intro of delicately picked arpeggios that dissolve into a collision between hard-throttled riffs and wah-wah–laden leads, before singer Stacy Anderson belts it out like a young Rob Halford over a juggernaut of thrash metal firing on all pistons. Similarly, “Metal Merchants” unleashes a relentless assault of punk-infused metal before downshifting into a slowed bridge where guitarists David Stuart and Steve "Skullator" Shoemaker battle it out.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it wouldn’t find a wider audience until “Metal Merchants” was included on its Metal Massacre IV compilation, Georgia’s Hallows Eve had culled a strong following in the underground shortly after its 1983 formation. “Plunging to Megadeth” opens sounding less like the tune’s namesake and more like early Metallica’s penchant for importing fragments of punk in the rhythm section. But the band also had a knack for melody, especially in “The Mansion,” where a love for Iron Maiden’s “Prowler” can be heard poking out of the song’s framework. The album’s title track best displays the band’s versatility with an intro of delicately picked arpeggios that dissolve into a collision between hard-throttled riffs and wah-wah–laden leads, before singer Stacy Anderson belts it out like a young Rob Halford over a juggernaut of thrash metal firing on all pistons. Similarly, “Metal Merchants” unleashes a relentless assault of punk-infused metal before downshifting into a slowed bridge where guitarists David Stuart and Steve "Skullator" Shoemaker battle it out.

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4:54
3:46
2:28
3:05
1:43
1:07
3:20
8:05

About Hallows Eve

Formed in 1983, Hallows Eve was a thrash metal band hailing from Atlanta, GA, whose first brush with notoriety came via the inclusion of their song "Metal Merchants" in the Metal Massacre, Vol. 6 compilation two years later. Duly signed by the collection's parent label, Metal Blade, the group, comprised of vocalist Stacy Anderson, guitarists David Stuart and Steve "Skullator" Shoemaker, bassist Tommy Stewart, and drummer Ronny Appoldt, released their debut album, Tales of Terror, later the same year and then followed it with two more discs (1986's Death & Insanity and 1988's Monument) containing competent but indistinctive thrash metal. By 1989, the band had folded but eventually re-formed in 2004 with plans to record a new, as yet unreleased, effort. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

  • ORIGIN
    Atlanta, GA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1984

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